State Police Participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week
September 16, 2013
– State Police and
PennDOT are encouraging motorists to participate in free child passenger safety
seat checkups throughout Pennsylvania as the agencies mark National Child
Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 15 – 21.
addition, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, has been designated as “National Seat Check
“I urge all
parents and caregivers to get their seats checked, because using the right seat
in the right position is so important to children’s safety,” PennDOT Secretary
Barry J. Schoch said. “Anyone who transports children has the responsibility to
make sure they’re legally and correctly secured – that’s why we work with
police and safety partners to make child safety resources available
funds resources such as training and educational materials for 145 fitting
stations across Pennsylvania, at which more than 5,000 car seats were checked
last year. The checkups are designed to teach drivers the proper installation
and use of child safety seats.
priority must be to protect the safety of our most precious cargo every time we
get behind the wheel,” Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Colonel George L.
Bivens said. “Traffic crashes are among the leading causes of death in
Pennsylvania, and educating the public about the proper use of child safety
seats plays an important role in saving lives.”
Each of the
department’s troops will conduct at least one safety seat check during the
week, Bivens said. The seat checks are designed to teach drivers the proper
installation and use of child safety seats.
safety seats will save lives, but only when they are installed and used
properly,” Bivens said.
law requires that children under the age of 4 ride in a federally approved car
seat that is appropriate for the child's age, height and weight. Children
between the ages of 4 and 8 must use a booster seat if they are no longer in a
seat belt law mandates that children ages 8 to 17 must use a seat belt, and
violating this law is a primary offense. It is a secondary offense for drivers
and front seat passengers age 18 and older to travel unbuckled.
the potential dangers associated with air bag deployment, children ages 12 and
under should always ride in a vehicle’s back seat.
Police Bureau of Patrol also offered the following tips:
and follow the car seat and vehicle manufacturers’ instructions;
the car’s seat belt to anchor the seat to the car unless you are using a child
safety seat with the LATCH system;
out and return the registration card for your seat so you'll know if it is
recalled because of a problem;
sure the seat’s harness fits snugly; and
a tether strap if the seat requires it.
information on car seat safety and to get a list of state police car seat
safety inspection locations and dates, click on the "Public Safety"
link at www.psp.state.pa.us.
To view a
list of PennDOT-supported car seat checks and see how PennDOT promotes child passenger
safety, visit www.JustDrivePA.com, then "Traffic Safety
Information Center" and "Child Passenger Safety."